I finally watched a video a friend of mine sent me awhile back of the Chewbacca mask lady addressing a room full of young people with big dreams. It's exactly what I need to hear in this season because the Lord is walking me through the exact refinement process that she describes.
It doesn't matter how talented, how anointed, how gifted, how passionate or how willing you are if you're not fit to do the things God is calling you to do. And that is spiritually fit. The thing that will take you further and further in the kingdom of God is 3 things:
1) Diligence. Be diligent in the work of the Lord.
2) Patience. Have those moments where you stop and you wait on the Lord. Don't rush into ministry or a good opportunity because it looks shiny. Wait for the voice of God to direct you.
And the third thing - it's the biggest thing if I could get to my 16-year-old self.
3) Have obedience. When he tells you "move," move. When he tells you "stop," stop. When he tells you "indulge in the delights of my table," indulge. But when he says "that's not yours, you can't have it" – step away.
Do not try to make a name for yourself. His name will always out shadow yours.
Watch the full video here (her charge begins at 7:00).
I hope this challenged you as much as it did me.